Our drivers pay extra as cheap petrol bypasses South Burnett
AS PETROL prices in the south-east corner head below a dollar, South Burnett drivers have yet to benefit from the historic price drops.
Brisbane and Gold Coast have paid as low as 92 cents in recent weeks.
They are prices Terry Mackrell from Nanango looks at with envy when he fills up at service stations near his Nanango home.
"We are definitely getting ripped off. When it was a dollar (in Brisbane) it was still $1.25 here," Mr Mackrell said.
The car enthusiast owns collector cars and is always on the hunt for the cheapest price.
But he finds the prices in the South Burnett drastically different from the urban centres.
"If you drive every day it adds a lot to the cost of your business," he said.
RACQ spokeswoman Renee Smith said higher prices were hurting drivers all across regional Queensland.
"Some parts of regional Queensland are still incredibly expensive," she said.
She said it could be worse, and pointed to the small town of Blackall where a servo charged $1.44 for a litre of petrol last week.
"Freight doesn't account for that much of a price difference," she said.
She said much of the difference was part of the price cycle.
"It has always been a case that regional Queensland doesn't have that price cycle," she said.
"South-east Queensland has been at the bottom of that cycle recently.
"When it's really low it's close to that wholesale price."
With petrol prices creeping up again in the south-east corner, she said South Burnett drivers might not get below a dollar a litre.
"But we do think prices are too high, we think a fair price would be $1.08," she said.